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PREVIEW-Football-Bayern starts planning for the new season, the trophy-less campaign is almost over

Bayern Munich’s home match against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday is of little importance for the hosts, who have nothing left to play for. Instead, it is the club bosses’ work off the pitch that is attracting fans’ attention. Following their Champions League exit in midweek, Bayern will look to put a barren campaign behind them and get started with a new coach following the departure of Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season.

Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final, with a 4-3 aggregate defeat, meant their last chance of success had disappeared. Bayern are second in the Bundesliga with two games remaining, but their 11-year reign is already over after Bayer Leverkusen secured the league title last month against VfL Bochum on Sunday.

The season may not be over yet, but Bayern are already involved in a growing search for a successor to Tuchel, with several coaches, including Julian Nagelsmann, Xabi Alonso and Ralf Rangnick, preferring to remain in their current posts. The squad is also expected to undergo changes, with Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies possibly on the move.

“We need to find the right coach for Bayern and the players who fit it,” said Bayern’s new sports board member Max Eberl, who took over in February. “There will definitely be departures and arrivals this summer.”

But he said the team would not “break up.” “We have spoken to all the players. Of course it is important that they know who the new coach will be. But we have already thought about new players and also thought about with whom we want to extend the contracts,” Eberl told Welt TV.

Fellow Champions League semi-finalists Borussia Dortmund also have little at stake when they play relegation-threatened Mainz 05 on Saturday, with the Ruhr area club already in fifth place and a place in Europe’s top club competition has secured next season. But more importantly, they still have a grand final to play after beating Paris St Germain 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the Champions League showpiece, where they will face Real Madrid.

With most of the top spots already occupied, there is more interest at the other end of the table, with Cologne needing to beat Union Berlin to have any chance of staying alive. Union, who played in the Champions League group stage this season, need a win and a loss to Mainz to ensure another top campaign.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)